LeOptions: The LeBron James 2018 Free Agency Explainer

2018-06-14

Editor’s Note: Please welcome long time commenter, Excl, who is offering his first post on LeBron’s options (from a mostly fit and team construction standpoint) in free agency. Well, the off-season we’ve all dreaded is upon us, and the Lebron Free Agency feeding frenzy is in full-effect. Rather than rant and scream about how we know what is going to happen, let’s dive into the numbers and facts and see what…

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Podcast Episode 176: A lotta ins, lotta outs, lotta what-have-you’s…

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2018-06-14

Well, it’s a complicated case you know… about what happens next for the Cavs. A lotta ins, lotta outs, lotta what-have-you’s for LeBron James, Dan Gilbert and Koby Altman to ponder. Frankly, there’s just a lotta strands to keep in our heads, man… lotta strands like the draft… free agency… and the future of the team. Probably too many strands for the old Duder to keep straight… but maybe not…

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Putting Things In Perspective

2018-06-13

This past Thursday evening, my wife and I had the privilege of hearing the great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar speak at the State Theatre as part of Cleveland State University’s 2018 AHA! Festival. Abdul-Jabbar was there in part to promote his new book, Becoming Kareem, and was an engaging speaker who commanded the room on a highly enjoyable night. During his hour on stage, Abdul-Jabbar spoke on a variety of topics. He…

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2018 Finals Recap: Golden State 108, Cleveland 85 (Things Fall Apart)

2018-06-10

Everything ends badly. Otherwise it wouldn’t end. Truth can from the most unlikely places. In this case, Doug Coughlin’s philosophy from the 1988 Tom Cruise “classic,” Cocktail, describes the ultimate game of the 2018 season, and the season itself. Cleveland spent the first half struggling to contain and keep pace with a Golden State team that it had spent the last 361 days preparing for, and rode a nine point…

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Finals Game 3 Recap: Golden State 110, Cleveland 102 (Excuses are like…)

2018-06-07

I’m already tired of the excuses. “They added Kevin Durant to a 72 win team…” “The Cavs don’t have Kyrie Irving.” “There’s no ‘margin for error’ against the Warriors.” Enough. The Cavs lost to Warriors Wednesday night, and the reasons people are offering for the loss are designed to protect their jobs, their egos, and their narratives. Terry Pluto offered this gem, “Can’t criticize team for this loss.” Of course…

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Finals Podcap: Warriors 122, Cavs 103 (Or, Screaming Irrationally at the TV)

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2018-06-04

After two disheartening losses to the Warriors, I’m almost left speechless. That didn’t stop me from hopping into the podcast booth with Nate Smith though to try and make sense of what’s happening right now. The Warriors picked up another win tonight. Kevin Durant grabbed a super efficient 26 points on 10-14 shooting while Stephen Curry hit a Finals record nine 3s to put up 33. Throughout the night, the…

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5-on-5: 2018 NBA Finals Edition

2018-05-30

The Cleveland Cavaliers survived the Boston Celtics in a contentious seven game series to make it to their fourth straight NBA Finals. Oh, and that would be LeBron’s eighth straight, if you’re counting. The accomplishment, especially with this roster and this set of coaches and this front office, is one of LeBron’s greatest accomplishments as an athlete. The Herculean effort it took for him to will this team to the…

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Playoff Recap: Cleveland 109, Boston 99 (Summoning the Will)

2018-05-26

From where does LeBron James summon it… the will to even get up for a Game Six after looking spent in Game Five? The will to defend the entire floor? The will to take and make impossible shots? The will to come back game after game after game: 376 games in Cleveland alone? Where does he find the will to prove that he is the best player in the universe…

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Playoff Podcap: Celtics 96, Cavs 83 (or, Rough Road)

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2018-05-24

The Cavs proved once again to be no match on the road as they fell behind early at the TD Garden by 13 in the first quarter, and wound up losing by precisely that margin in the end. Though they made runs in the final three quarters, they never really got the deficit under 10 that often, and trailed by as much as 20 early in the fourth quarter. The…

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Playoff Recap: Cleveland 116, Boston 86 (or, “We Could be Royals…”)

2018-05-20

The immortal words of the Bard, Dennis Green, rang true in this one: “They are who we thought they were.” But the Cavs didn’t let the Celtics off the hook. The Cavaliers mounted their steeds, lined up for a cavalry charge, trampled the Celtics front line in a 32-17 first quarter, cut through the reserves to push the lead to 20 in the second, and routed any rallies in the Third. The Leprechauns managed to…

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